Sustainability

We are constantly investing in technology to reduce our power consumption and promote environmentally friendly practices in all our departments:


Electricity

We are the first city hotel in Costa Rica to produce 100% of the electricity for guest rooms and communal areas with our 40kW – 130 solar panel photovoltaic system.

100% of all lighting is based on energy- efficient LED bulbs and tubes.

Energy saver key tags switch off lighting when guests live their rooms.

 

Air-conditioners

Our A/C systems use inverter and movement sensor technology.

 

Water

Rain water is used for all toilet cisterns and gardening tasks.

Water flow restrictors are installed in all showers and taps.

Water is heated with solar panels, and “on demand” gas heaters.

 

Windows

All windows are double glazed.

 

Food

We select only locally grown or produced items.

 

Toiletries

We have eliminated all plastic bottles for toiletries and replaced them with refillable, squeeze-action dispensers.

 

Paper

We use recycled or plantation timber paper for most printed items, copy- paper, toilet paper, etc.

 

Waste

All guest, hotel and restaurant waste is separated into paper, organic, plastic, glass and general waste. Vegetable waste is composted onsite.

 

Towel Replacement Policy

Guests can choose not to have their towels and linen changed daily.

 

Providers

We ensure our providers implement ethical business practices, in accordance to Costa Rican law.
 

 


Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST)
 

Hotel Isla Verde participates in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program sponsored by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).

 

Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) is a voluntary program that categorizes and certifies tourism businesses based on the degree to which their operations meet standards of sustainability. Companies are awarded a rating of 0 to 5 “green leaves” according to evaluations in four areas:

 

1. Physical-biological parameters

Interaction between the company and its surrounding natural habitat.

 

2. Service facilities (lodging establishments)

Internal systems and processes for waste management and use of technologies to save water and energy.

 

3. Service management (tour operators)

Consideration of exogenous and endogenous elements in designing a tourism product aligned with market trends and the specific characteristics of the country or location where the product is operationalized.

 

3. Customer

Actions by management encouraging customer participation in the implementation of the company’s sustainability policies.

 

4. Socio-economic setting

Company identification and interaction with adjacent communities; for example, contributing to their growth and development through the generation of employment or communal welfare.

 

Hotel Isla Verde is in the process of obtaining 4 green leaves, and is aiming for the maximum rating of 5.

Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children 

Our company complies with the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.

 

The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism is an initiative of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) to prevent sexual exploitation of children at tourism destinations. In Costa Rica, the Code is a project of the tourist industry and is supported by the Paniamor Foundation, Costa Rican Tour Operators Association, Costa Rican Professionals in Tourism Association and World Vision Costa Rica.

 

As a signatory of this Code of Conduct, Hotel Isla Verde maintains a policy of zero tolerance regarding sexual exploitation of children and adolescents and trains its staff accordingly. Contracts with suppliers include a clause certifying the hotel’s position against commercial sexual exploitation of minors.


For more information about this program visit:

https://www.unicef.org/lac/code_of_conduct.pdf

http://unforgettablecostarica.com/en/

 

We support:

Pro Parques Costa Rica 

Amigos del Rio Torres 

 

 

 

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